Sasayo “Ellen” Okazaki
July 23,1926 - January 15, 2018 Resident of San Mateo Sasayo Okazaki passed away on Monday January 15, 2018, two weeks after being admitted to Mills-Peninsula Medical Center. The 5th of 7 children of Koguma and Rie (Nosaka), Sasayo Oka was born at Pu'unene Hospital, Maui and grew up in Pu'unene, Spanish A Camp on the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar plantation. After graduating Baldwin High School in 1944, Sasayo worked in the plantation office and met her future husband, Tsugio (Dick) Okazaki at a golf tournament on Maui. Married in Honolulu in 1949, Ellen and Dick had a daughter before moving to San Mateo in 1954. In addition to being a wife and mother, Ellen worked as a secretary at the San Mateo United Way for over 30 years. Ellen remained active in retirement spending hours at the Buddhist Temple, walking and participating in the aquatic exercise classes at the local YMCA. Ellen was an enthusiastic gardener. She loved her cymbidium orchids and growing vegetables and generously shared her produce and flowers with friends and family. She especially enjoyed making and giving away her Loganberry jams and jellies. Unfailingly kind and generous, her gentle nature will be missed. Preceded in death by husband Dick. She is survived by daughter Clarice and son-in-law John Hampel. A Memorial Service will be held at 1pm on Sunday, February 11th at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple, 2 S. Claremont St., San Mateo, CA.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased